Unexploded bomb near Fukushima plant removed

Unexploded bomb near Fukushima plant removed

Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have removed what appears to be an unexploded bomb found near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Construction workers found the object on Thursday morning at a parking lot about 300 meters from the plant in Fukushima Prefecture while drilling to expand the site.

Police say the object is about 85 centimeters long and 15 centimeters in diameter.

The SDF members inspected the object at the site and determined it was unlikely to explode. They removed the object on Thursday afternoon.

The operator of the power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company, says an area within 200 meters from the site was cordoned off, but decommission work for the crippled reactors on the plant premises was conducted as usual.

TEPCO says the area where the object was found used to be an airfield for the now-defunct Imperial Japanese military. It was hit in an air raid near the end of World War Two.